HSGG Overview

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group (HSGG) at the University of California at Davis offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees emphasizing physical, chemical, and biological processes related to the storage and circulation of water and associated constituents on Earth. HSGG offers options in Hydrology, Hydrogeochemistry, and Hydrobiology, and within the Hydrology option students can specialize in surface hydrology, subsurface hydrology, water resources management, or irrigation and drainage. Students with training in hydrologic sciences, geology, geophysics, engineering, soil science, biology, chemistry, computer science, fluid mechanics, mathematics, and physics are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program.

HSGG Chair's Welcome

Water defines our blue planet. Life in all forms depends on and has been shaped around water in the hydrologic cycle and the pecularities of its local manifestations: Ecosystems are shaped by climate (rain, snow, fog, humidity), streams and lakes, floods and droughts, availability of soil moisture, springs, and oceans.  Healthy drinking water is essential to modern life, nearly half of agricultural production depends on irrigation water, its availability and good quality, water produces energy and energy production uses water for cooling and other purposes. Water is essential in many industrial processes.

Water has been harnessed and managed to make economic gains, improve health, and support ecosystems. With a burgeoning population, increased water demands, and often unconstrained use and misuse of water resources, the challenges to improve our understanding of water in and across its physical, chemical, climatological, geographic, geologic, pedologic, ecologic, management, and policy dimensions are more urgent than ever before. These challenges offer many opportunities in cross-disciplinary studies and learning - we invite you to join us in this adventure!

UC Davis has a tremendous wealth of existing and developing knowledge related to water in California, the United States, and around our planet. We offer our students, researchers, and teaching and extension faculty rich and diverse academic, research and social opportunities. Moreover, our campus is known for its exceptionally comprehensive graduate curriculum, world-class faculty and an atmosphere of collegiality and support in which ideas thrive and successful professional careers begin.

-Thomas Harter